Ensuring future responsible antibiotic use and effectively eliminating parasites were just two of the objectives for attendees at the National Sheep Association’s (NSA) first Next Generation two-day residential workshop.

Attracting young sheep farmers from across the UK, the workshop offered a valuable opportunity for those attending to hear from some of the top names in sheep health.

Attendees also visited two sheep farms who shared their experiences of improving flock health successfully.

Held at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, the workshop was the first in a new series of two-day events to be held by NSA this year as part of its Next Generation programme, supporting the future of the sheep industry through young people.

NSA communications officer Katie James said: “We were so pleased to be joined by such an enthusiastic and engaged group of young sheep farmers at our flock health event.

"NSA is lucky to be supported by some of most experienced and knowledgeable sheep vets, consultants and researchers in the country and their attendance at this event meant we were able to offer a truly valuable experience for our next generation of shepherds.”

Part of the group attending the event, sheep farmer Ed Bray said: “I had a great time on the workshop. I’ve learnt a lot and was really pleased to take home some useful new ideas to implement on my farm at home. As well as that I’ve met a great bunch of like-minded people.”